The Golden Spotted Oak Borer Beetle has invaded California and is ravaging plant life in San Diego. University of California scientists are working hard to study the beetle’s impact and how best to mitigate it. Experts from UC Riverside are also warning people about discounted firewood selling in Southern California, often on the side of the road. Many of these logs were chopped from fallen trees already destroyed by the beetle and are still infested. If brought to the Central Coast, they could wreak havoc on native oak trees.